Programming Deals Secured Include Output Deal with Venevision For Four Shows Plus First Look Option, ABC-TV Australia Licenses Seven Shows, FETV Jumps On Board for 100 Half Hours of Nelvana Animation and More

(LAS VEGAS, NV/TORONTO) An expanded programming roster from animation powerhouse, Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana (NYSE: CJR, TSE: CJR.B), garnered the attention of movers and shakers from around the globe at NATPE 2002 this week. Drawing from its expertise of creating quality, age-specific programming, Nelvana is broadening its program options creating a multitude of opportunities for NATPE attendees.

“NATPE provided an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our new, innovative and diverse programming,” said Michael Hirsh, President and CEO of Nelvana. “By targeting all key youth demographics and adding to our portfolio of brands known throughout the world we are able to reach entirely new audiences.”

Television program executives took notice of Nelvana’s roster with many agreements signed at the convention. Among those deals are:

– Hot off the NATPE floor was an output deal closed with Venesion Free TV in Venezuela which includes four shows per year and first look options

– ABC-TV, Australia signed on to license: “Franklin The Turtle,” “Little Bear,” re-license “Franklin the Turtle,” re-license “Stickin’ Around,” re-license “George & Martha,” license “Blazing Dragons” and “Neverending Story.”

– FETV in Panama just closed a package deal of more than 100 half hour episodes of Nelvana animation “Santa Clause Brothers” Momentum Pictures signed on with a Pan Euro video deal for this last holiday season’s runaway hit which launched on the Disney Channel in the U.S. and YTV in Canada. Nelvana produced the animated feature in association with Disney and Film Roman.

  • “Beyblade” Sold to Teletoon France
  • “Berenstain Bears” Sold to PBS Sold to YTV
  • “Braceface” Fox Kids Latin America and Europe ordered two more seasons for a total of 52 episodes Channel 5 U.K jumped onboard for 52 episodes for their “new teen block”
  • “Sausage Factory” (working title) Sold to TV2 Denmark Sold to TPS Cinema in France Sold to MTV Italy Sold to Sky U.K.
  • “George Shrinks” Sold to PBS KIDS (strip) Channel 5 U.K. grew with 40 episodes
  • “Medabots” Sold to HV France Television Distribution Sold to Televisa in Mexico and Caracol TV in Columbia to be part of the Latin America Free TV launch in April 2002
  • “Fairly Odd Parents” Antena 3 and Nickelodeon Spain closed a deal for the sitcom to air beginning July 2002 Sold to Fox Kid’s Latin America Sold to France 3
  • “John Callahan’s QUADS” Sold to Canal Jimmy in France Sold to Canal in Benelux Sold to Canal in Scandinavia
  • “Cyberchase” Sold to Teletoon France “Committed” Sold to Disney Germany “George & Martha” Sold to La Cinquieme (5) – France
  • “Taina” Sold to France 3 Sold to Disney Italy

With a growing library of over 1,650 cumulative half-hour equivalent episodes, Nelvana’s stable of quality TV programs are broadcast in over 160 countries around the world. In 2000-2001, Nelvana launched 23 animated TV series on U.S. networks and specialty services, more than any other supplier, including Disney, Warner Bros., Viacom and Fox.

CORUS ENTERTAINMENT’S NELVANA

Corus Entertainment is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is Canada’s market leader in both specialty TV and Radio. Corus also owns Nelvana Limited, one of the world’s largest international producers and distributors of children’s programming and products. The company’s other interests include music, television broadcasting and advertising services. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) Exchanges. Corus’ Web site can be found at corusentertainment.com.

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Note to Editors: Color art available upon request or at www.nelvana.com/publicity

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lowell Hall
Nelvana
416.588.5571 x 2488
lhall@corusent.com

Brenda Ciccone/Nan Rohr
Bender/Helper Impact
310.473.4147/@ NATPE 310.612.1700
brenda_ciccone@bhimpact.com/nan_rohr@bhimpact.com


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